Bar Eats: reBar
Forget the cheeseburger macaroni or the mac and cheese burger with the bizarre pasta-beef patty. Combining two of America's most classic bar dishes should be as easy and delicious as the version at reBar, one of DUMBO's most beloved gastropubs and event spaces. The premise is simple. Take one thick sirloin beef patty and cook to a juicy medium rare. Pile on gooey no-frills mac and cheese. Top with bun. Squish. Eat.
This joyous combination is offered during Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to close, when the Build-A-Burger is just $3. Adding mac and cheese is $3, and if you really want to get crazy, adding thick-cut Chubi bacon is another $2.
Vegetarians will appreciate reBar's small plates section, which features many hefty options for the non-meat eater. The Chef's Signature Polenta ($7) is a creamy concoction topped with toasted pine nuts, parsley, and a sunny side up egg (the yolk could have and should have been runnier).
Sweet Potato and Parsnip Cakes with harissa mayonnaise ($7) is a unique alternative to sweet potato fries. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, these dense cakes could serve as a meal in itself.
Snackers will instinctively order "Mom and Pop's Corn" ($5), freshly popped with your choice of "one powder" and "one grease." Duck fat and herb salt is the obvious choice here, but herb brown butter with garlic or smoked bacon fat with paprika are also strong contenders. Alternate the greasy popcorn with the light acidic crunch of Marinated English Cucumbers ($4), another solid finger food.
If the night is young, head down the hall to reBar's new independent movie theater, reRun. The "drive-in" style theater features reclaimed car seats, a full bar, and a menu of gourmet snacks that includes Fender Dogs (steak or duck confit and chicken sausage), The Twist (stuffed pretzels), and Snow Tires (chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream sandwich). Oh, and the indie flicks are great too.
About the author: Nancy Huang, who comes to New York by way of Los Angeles, writes The Wanderkind, a food and travel blog of adventures here and abroad. She loves noodles, subway maps, and word games.